CANstruction is a national hunger awareness event that takes place across the United States and Canada. Teams of architects, engineers, and builders create massive sculptures out of canned goods, which are displayed for a few weeks and later dismantled and donated to the local food bank. 2018 marked the 7th straight year of participation for the Austin office’s team, inspired by CTA architect James Foster, who helps coordinate the event for the Central Texas Food Bank.
The Austin team was focused on capturing the spirit of standout sculptures from previous years: high-level design and execution, larger-than-life scale, and related to food. Of course, they immediately landed on the avocado—what Austinite wouldn’t?—and began brainstorming how they could construct a guacamole-loaded taco of mythical proportions. Unfortunately, the team realized the taco had been done before, so they pivoted toward an adorable, playful palindrome: Tacocat!